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20 Things You Didn't Know About The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

18. Clint Eastwood Initially Declined The Role Of Blondie For Fear Of Being Upstaged

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Clint Eastwood, whose relationship with Leone was already strained having already worked with him twice, needed a fair bit of persuading to sign onto the production of the film. Clearly growing accustomed to being the star of the show, Eastwood also feared that his character would be upstaged by the much more energetic Tuco Ramirez, whose character had not even been cast yet.

According to Eastwood: "In the first movie I was just about alone. In the second, there were two of us, and now three. If it goes on like this I'm going to end up with a whole cavalry."

After the agreement of a $250,000 fee and a new Ferrari of all things, Eastwood finally agreed to the role. Clearly a performance born of pure passion.

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